We can all agree that liking the people you work with makes doing your job a heck of a lot better. In a survey by Jobsite, 70 percent of respondents said having friends at work is the most important element to a happy working life.
Whether it’s because you disagree with someone’s approach, disapprove of their behaviour or are unhappy with their performance, difficult conversations are a part of work life. While they’re not easy, hard conversations often lead to the most growth. They also build relationships on trust and honesty when done correctly.
Where we are in Ontario, this week is Bullying Awareness week. Kids around the province will learn what bullying means, how it effects people and how to stand up and stop it.
This is a great initiative and I’m happy that this issue has been getting so much attention over the last few years because we all know how damaging bullying can be.
There are many ways to play the victim when problems arise at work. Here are the top six:
1. IGNORE the problem.
2. DENY your involvement.
3. BLAME someone, or something, else.
4. RATIONALIZE and justify why another person should take care of it.
5. RESIST any attempt that others make to get you involved.
6. HIDE in order to avoid dealing with it.
Have you ever done any of these? At one time or another, we have all played the victim. While the easier route, it does nothing to forward you professionally, or personally.
A lot of people we deal with in life are people we choose to be around: our family, friends, and acquaintances. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to pick our co-workers. Think about this situation for a minute. There are 24 hours in a day. Say you spend two of them grooming, two of them in the car, another eight sleeping and eight at work (if you’re lucky).